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Anderson is reporting live in Afghanistan this week where he is embedded with troops on the frontlines of the fight against the Taliban. He went out on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) patrol this morning and talked to a commanding officer who has the most dangerous job in Afghanistan – he’s the first to identify the IEDs as the patrols sweep through new areas. Anderson talks to this officer about what it’s like to be exposed to this type of danger day after day.
Anderson is joined by Michael Ware, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Peter Bergen who are also in the country reporting on what President Obama has called a “war of necessity.” Anderson is writing on the blog about the new strategy the Marines have developed to regain control of Helmand province. Check out his piece and photos from his reporting.
Michael Ware also went out with an Afghan police commander on patrol. He gets a firsthand look at what the police officer faces every night as he confronts the Taliban in his mission to secure the area. And in the middle of this war-torn country, Dr. Sanjay Gupta meets up with the only vascular surgeon for the entire country of Afghanistan. He is a long way from home, but it turns out he and Dr. Gupta both hail from Atlanta. This doctor explains how he found himself in Afghanistan trying to save lives in this battlefield hospital and the two find they have quite a lot in common, even in this world away from their hometown.
Also in Afghanistan today, a suicide attack on Kabul airport killed two – the Taliban claimed responsibility. And U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry urged Afghan President Hamid Karzai to allow the Afghanistan Independent Election Commission to thoroughly investigate vote fraud and determine which votes are accurate. More than 200,000 ballots have been tossed for fraud in the presidential vote.
President Obama gives his back-to-school speech today. After it was posted online yesterday, the main point of the address seemed to be – set goals, work hard and listen to your teachers and parents. Does he think his message will make a difference to kids around the country? More on the reaction to the address tonight.
And the President will speak to a joint session of Congress tomorrow night about health care reform. It’s pivotal time in the debate – Congress is now back in session and many conservatives are hesitant to support a public insurance option. And progressives are threatening to bring down the legislation if it does not contain the public option. Is there room for compromise? How have things changed since they left the Hill in July? We’ll have more on the outlook for the health care reform plan tonight.
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